Troubling Arthurian Histories: Court Culture, Performance and Scandal in Chrétien de Troyes's Erec et Enide (Medieval and Early Modern French Studies #5) (Paperback)

Troubling Arthurian Histories: Court Culture, Performance and Scandal in Chrétien de Troyes's Erec et Enide (Medieval and Early Modern French Studies #5) By Noël Peacock (Other), James Simpson Cover Image
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This is book number 5 in the Medieval and Early Modern French Studies series.

Description


Drawing on a range of approaches in cultural, gender and literary studies, this book presents Chr tien de Troyes's Erec et Enide as a daring and playful exploration of scandal, terror and anxiety in court cultures. Through an interdisciplinary reading, it locates Erec et Enide, the first surviving Arthurian romance in French, in various contexts, from broad cultural and historical questionings such as medieval vernacular 'modernity's' engagement with the weight of its classical inheritance, to the culturally fecund and politically turbulent histories of the families of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II Plantagenet. Where previous accounts of the tale have not uncommonly presented Chr tien's poem as a decorous 'resolution' of tensions between dynastic marriage and fin'amors, between personal desire and social duty, this reading sees these forces as in permanent and irresolvable tension, the poem's key scenes haunted - whether mischievously or traumatically - by questions and skeletons from various closets.

About the Author


The Author: James R. Simpson is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Glasgow, UK. He is the author of Fantasy, Identity and Misrecognition in Medieval French Narrative.


Product Details
ISBN: 9783039113859
ISBN-10: 3039113852
Publisher: Peter Lang Ltd, International Academic Publis
Publication Date: December 6th, 2007
Pages: 536
Language: English
Series: Medieval and Early Modern French Studies